Even though many major life risks for children have declined over the past 50 years, parents nowadays react with heightened moral outrage based on an exaggerated view of children’s risks, reveals a new study published recently in Collabra, a journal of the University of California Press. … One of the researchers, [UCI professor] Barbara Sarnecka, points out something I’d never thought of previously. Assuming a parent is even capable of watching her child 24 hours a day, 365 days a year is nearly impossible for many Americans, especially the poor. In fact it’s a rather pretentious assumption, because it requires great amounts of time, money, and energy.
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